Welcome to United States History. As Michigan students study United States History and Geography, they will learn about the American experience over time and space. They will encounter powerful, and sometimes conflicting, ideas while learning about people and events in different places and times. They will investigate diverse and common traditions, and work to understand the complex interactions among various environmental, human, and social forces that have influenced, and continues to influence, America and Americans. Studying United States History and Geography connects us to people and events across time and space, illuminating the range and depth of the human experience on grand, as well as local, scales. It involves an analytical study of the nation’s political ideals and places where people or events challenged, violated, or expanded those ideas.